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APPENDIX C 

COMMODORE 64/128 VERSION 
List Feature (Black Jack) 

The Black Jack game offers a List option which will display the cards that have been 
used in play. This option can be useful for would-be card counters who want to keep 
track of the cards still in play. 

You can invoke the List feature in the Black Jack game by pressing the F1 key. 



APPENDIX D 

AMIGA VERSION 
List Feature (Black Jack) 

The Black Jack game offers a list option that will display the cards that 
have been used in play. This option can be useful for would-be card 
counters who want to keep track of the cards still in play. 

Black Jack, Roulette: Use the left button to increase the bet, the right 
button to decrease the bet. 



APPENDIX E 

ATARI ST VERSION 

Black Jack, Roulette: Use the left button to increase the bet, the right 
button to decrease the bet. 



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BY 

CALIFORNIA DREAMS 
USER'S MANUAL 



Manual written and designed by Rena Tesler 
Cover art by Tom Finnegan 



Vegas Gambler 
Limited Warranty 



This program is sold on an as is basis. 



Logical Design Works, Inc. (LDW) warrants thai ihe medium on which this program is recorded 
win be free from defects in material and workmanship for 30 days from the date of purchase. If 
within 30 days of purchase the medium proves defective in any way, you may return the medium 
along with the dated proof of purchase to LDW. and LDW will replace it free of charge. 

Please mail in your registration card. All users whose registration card is on file with LDW will 
receive the following replacement service: 

If the medium proves defective at any time after the first 30 days, LDW will replace it for a fee of 
S5.00 USD. If you lose the game manual, LDW will replace it for $5.00. Send your check for 
S5.00 to LDW or call in with a replacement request (VISA or M/C accepted). 

Apple II e/c, Apple IIGS, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. 
AMIGA and Commodore 64/128 are registered trademarks of Commodore -Amiga, Inc. 
Atari ST is a trademark of Atari, Corp. 

IBM PC, XT, and AT are registered trademarks of International Business Machines, Corp. 
Vegas Gambler and California Dreams are trademarks of Logical Design Works, Inc. 



Logical Design Works, Inc. 
780 Montague Expwy., #403 
San Jose, CA 95131, USA 
Telephone: (408) 435-1445 
Telex: 294526 LDW UR 
FAX: (408) 435-7355 

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© 19S7, 1988 Logical Design Works, Inc. 
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 



Copy Protection 



In order to run the program, you will need to have your Vegas Gambler 
User's Manual on hand whenever you boot up the Vegas Gambler program, ft 
is, therefore, very important that you DO NOT LOSE YOUR VEGAS GAMBLER 
USERS MANUAL 

When you boot up the Vegas Gambler program, a dialog box will appear 
asking a question in reference to the manual. You will have to refer to 
your user's manual in order to answer this question correctly. If you far! 
to answer correctly, another dialog box will appear to give you a second 
chance to answer the question. Failure to answer the question correctly a 
second time will end the Vegas Gambler program and send you back to the 
computer's operating system. 



Details for Different Versions 



The appendices at the back of this manual list the different features and 
commands used with each version of Vegas Gambler (IBM PC, Apple IIGS. 
Commodore 64/128, AMIGA, ATARI ST). Refer to the appropriate appendix 
for your version. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



WELCOME TO VEGAS GAMBLER 1 

GETTING STARTED 2 

THE CURSOR, POINTING, AND SELECTING . 3 

THE STAKE .. 4 

Loading and Saving 4 

CHOOSING YOUR GAME 5 

SLOT MACHINE 7 

How To Play 8 

Placing Your Bet 8 

Pulling The Handle 1 

Winning.... 1 1 

Continuing/Quitting 1 3 

BLACKJACK 1 4 

The Cards. 1 5 

How To Play 16 

Placing Your Bet 16 

Dealing The Cards 1 8 

Game Options 2 

Doubling Down 2 

Splitting Pairs 21 

Insurance 2 1 

Continuing/Quitting..... 2 2 

Strategy 2 3 



POKER 

How To Play 1Z""""Z"" " 2 4 

Placing Your B&'""^^T ' ~ * if 

Dealing The Cards.. * * ' % \ 

Winning Hands " * Jr® 

Payoffs *— 2 9 

Continuing/Quitting "»Z™ZZZ!Z3Z 32 

ROULETTE 

Equipment " " * 3 3 

How To Play * * 3 4 

Placing Your Bet......."...." " f f 

Spinning The Wheel... " " " 

The Bets — ' \ 7 

Winning , * * 38 

Continuing/Quitting ....3 ^ 

QUITTING VEGAS GAMBLER 

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APPENDICES 

Appendix A (IBM VersTon^ " *"* \ \ 

Appendix B (Apple IIGS Version)"".". Vl 
Appendix C (Commododre 64/128 Version) * " 1% 

Appendix D (AMIGA Version)...... ers,on J - 4 7 

Appendix E (Atari ST Version).. JZ!^ \!j 



WELCOME TO VEGAS GAMBLER 



Lights are flashing, the sound of music fills your ears, and all of a 
sudden you feet an excitement in the air around you. You hear the sound of 
money clanking as it comes out of a jackpot winning slot machine. The 
machine is blazing with lights and sound. You watch in awe as you realize 
that you just hit a jackpot .... and you're just beginning. 

Now it's time to try your luck at Blackjack. You see the cards being 
dealt but the dealer's up card is an ace. The air is still as you stand on a 
20 and await the dealer's down card to be exposed. A seven... you win. 

With Vegas Gambler, the feeling of being in your favorite Las Vegas 
casino is always with you — the lights, the sounds and the fast moving 
action. You will never get tired of gambling. You have your choice of 
playing four exciting games: The slot machine, blackjack, poker and 
roulette. 

Play for fun or play to learn. Master the game of blackjack or roulette. 
Beat the odds. Learn the most effective strategy for winning and you'll 
really be a winner the next time you go to Las Vegas. The games on Vegas 
Gambler are a simulation of the games at your favorite Las Vegas casino. 
The odds and the payoffs are identical to those at some of the famous Las 
Vegas casinos. Vegas Gambler was created to provide you with ail of the 
fun and excitement of gambling in Las Vegas. 



GETTING STARTED 



Amiga: Turn on your computer system with your KickStart disk (version 1.2 or 
greater). When the prompt appears to insert the WorkBench disk, put the Vegas 
Gambler diskette in the drive. Your computer will load the Vegas Gambler program. 

Apple lle/C/GS: Turn on your disk drive and put the Vegas Gambler diskette in the 
drive. Turn on your computer and the monitor. Your computer will load the Vegas 
Gambler program. 

Atari ST: Put the Vegas Gambler diskette in your disk drive. Turn on your computer 
system. When the desktop appears, double click on VEGAS.PRG. Your computer will 
load the Vegas Gambler program. 

Commodore 64/128: Turn on your computer system in the usual manner. (If you 
have a C128, hold down the Commodore key while turning on the computer.) After the 
READY prompt appears, type: 

LOAD "~ 8,1 

and press RETURN. Your computer will load the Vegas Gambler program. 

IBM PC & Compatibles: Turn on your computer system using your DOS disk. 
When the DOS prompt appears, put the Vegas Gambler diskette in drive A. (If you are 
not in drive A, switch to drive A by typing A:.) Type VG and press <Enter>. Your 
computer will load Vegas Gambler. 



Regardless of the version of Vegas Gambler that you are using, we 
strongly recommend that you make a back-up copy of the original program 
disk and use that copy as your playing disk. The original program disk 
should be stored away in a safe place. 



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THE CURSOR- POINTING AND SELECTING 



The cursor in your Vegas Gambler game is a hand. The tip of the finger is your "pointer 
and is used for selecting. To move your cursor, point and select: 

Amiga: Use the mouse to move the cursor. Press the mouse button to select 

Apple II e/C: Use the joystick to move the cursor. Press the joystick button to select 

-or- 

Use the cursor keys to move the cursor. Press the RETURN key to select 
Apple IIGS: Use the mouse to move the cursor. Press the mouse button to select 
Atari ST: Use the mouse to move the cursor. Press the left mouse button to select 



Commodore 64/128: Use the joystick to move the cursor. Press the joystick 
button to select. 

-or- 

Use the cursor keys to move the cursor. Press the RETURN key to select. 

IBM PC and compatibles: Use the cursor keys to move the cursor. Press the 
Enter key to select. (See Appendix A for other keystroke commands.) 



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THE STAKE 



Vegas Gambler starts you out with a stake of $500. This stake will increase or 
decrease as you play depending on whether you are winning or losing. Your 
accumulated stake will carry over from one game to another. In other words, if you 
have $600 after gambling on the slot machine for a while and you decide to play- 
poker, your stake at poker will be $600. 

To remind you of how much you are winning while you are gambling, for every 
$5,000 that you win, the Vegas Gambler winner screen will appear. 

When gambling it is possible to lose all of your money. If this happens, the "No 
money - No gambling" screen will appear. You will receive a message asking if you 
would like a loan to continue gambling. If you want to continue, move the cursor to the 
button marked yes and select it. If you want to quit, move the cursor to the button 
marked quit and select it. 

If you are playing blackjack, a game with a $2 minimum betting limit, and you only 
have $1 left, the game will stop. You must exit blackjack (see blackjack instructions). 
You can either quit playing Vegas Gambler completely and re-load the game, or you 
can go into one of the other Vegas Gambler games and bet the $1 you have left. 



Loading and Saving 

H you would like to quit playing Vegas Gambler for a while but get back to the game 
a little later, you can. To save your current stake, go to the main menu screen (quit from 
the game you are in) and select the save button (see figure 1 ). To retrieve a previously 
saved program, select the load button on your screen. 



4 



CHOOSING YOUR GAME 



Once you have Vegas Gambler loaded, the main menu will appear on your screen. 
There will be four boxes on the screen, each representing one of the games 
available on Vegas Gambler. Move the cursor to the game box which you would like 
to play and select. The game will appear on your screen. 



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SELECT IN APPROPRIATE GAME BOX TO LOAD A GAME 




SELECTTO 
QUIT 

SELECTTO LOAD 
PREVIOUSLY SAVED 
STAKE 



SELECT TO SAVE 
CURRENT STAKE 



FIGURE 1 



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SLOT 



MACHINE 



The slot machine on your Vegas Gambler game 
disk is designed to provide you with all of the 
excitement and glamour of the famous Las 
Vegas casino siot machines. The payoffs are 
high, and the action is fast. 



How To Play 



Placing Your Bet 



The first thing you must do when playing the slots is put your coins in the slot 
machine. There are five payoff lines on your slot machine. You can bet between one 
and five coins per game, one for each payoff line. Each coin has a value of $1. 

The Vegas Gambler slot machine is designed with the first three payoff lines 
running horizontally across the reels. The fourth payoff line runs diagonally down the 
reels and line five runs diagonally up the reels (see figure 2). 

Note that you must place at least one coin in the slot machine in order to pull the 
handle. 

To put coins in the slot machine: 

1. Move the cursor to the coins located to the right of the slot machine 
handle. 

2. Select a coin. It will come off the stack of coins and attach itself to the 
cursor. 

3. Move the coin to the coin slot on the machine. Make sure to get the 
coin on the slot. 

4. To drop the coin into the slot, select the coin again. The coin will now 
fall into the slot machine. The corresponding payline will be highlighted. 
You are now ready to pull the handle. 

If you drop the coin and the coin is not on the coin slot, it will fall down. You won't 
lose anything from your stake if this happens, but no bet will be placed. 

Repeat the procedure for placing coins in the slot machine for every coin you would 
like to bet. If, for example, you would like to bet four coins, repeat the procedure four 
times (once for each coin). 

For each coin you place in the machine, the corresponding betting payoff line will 
be highlighted. The line will remain highlighted until you pull the handle of the slot 
machine. 



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After you have placed your initial bet, the slot machine will automatically default to 
that bet every time you pull the handle. You will notice that after you pull the handle, the 
betting payoff lines will light up to show you which lines you are betting on. 

In order to change a bet, you must go back to the coins and place a different bet. Put 
as many coins in the slot machine as you would like to bet. For example, if you wish to 
change your bet to two coins (activating lines 1 and 2). put two coins in the slot machine. 
Your bet will now continue at two coins for every pull of the handle until you change 
your bet again. 



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- Paylin* 
Paylin* 



FIGURE 2 



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Pulling The Handle 



After you have placed your coins in the machine and all of the corresponding betting 
lines have lit up, you are ready to pull the handle. 

To pull the handle: 

1 . Move the cursor to the round ball at the top of the slot machine handle. 

2. Select the handle. The handle will pull forward, spring back into 
place, and the slot machine reels will start spinning- 
Note that you must get the cursor p_n the round ball at the end of the 
handle to pull the handle- 



Once the reels start spinning, they will randomly stop, one reel at a time. The first 
reel closest to the betting line indicator stops first, followed by the middle reel, and finaHy, 
the last reel will stop. 




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Winning 



Whether you win, and how much you win, is determined by the sequence of the 
pictures that appear on the reels of the slot machine (Figure 3). The winning 
combinations and their payoffs are displayed at the bottom of your slot machine. 



They are as follows: 



1 cherry/1 st reel 


2 coins 


2 cherries/1 st and 2nd reel 


= 5 coins 


3 oranges 


= 10 coins 


2 oranges followed by any bar* 


= 10 coins 


3 plums 


= 14 coins 


2 plums followed by any bar* 


= 14 coins 


3 bells 


= 18 coins 


2 bells followed by any bar* 


= 18 coins 


3 watermelons 


= 100 coins 


2 watermelons followed by any bar* 


= 100 coins 


3 bars (any bar*) 


= 100 coins 


3 7s (double jackpot) 


= 200 coins 



*any bar is a plain bar or a bar behind another slot machine character. 



If a payoff line that you have placed money on shows any of the above combinations, 
you will win the corresponding amount of coins. 

Every time you win, the slot machine will flash. The coins you won will fall out of the 
slot machine and the number of coins you won will appear momentarily. That number of 
coins will be added to your total. 



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If winning combinations appear on more than one payline and you have bet on 
those paylines, you will be payed off for each win. 

If you hit a jackpot (any combination that pays off 100 coins) the 100 box at the top 
of your screen will flash. 

If you hit a double jackpot (three 7s) the 200 box at the top of your screen will flash. 

Remember that only the picture combinations that appear on the betting lines that 
were lit will payoff. In other words, if you only bet one coin (payoff line 1) and three 
plums appear on line 3, you do not win the 14 coin payoff for the three plums. 



REEL ONE REEL TWO REEL THREE 




FIGURE 3 



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Continuing/Quitting 



After every spin of the slot machine reels, that play is over. You have the choice of 
changing your bet, keeping your present bet and pulling the handle, or exiting to play 
one of the other exciting games on your Vegas Gambler disk. If you would like to quit 
the game, move the cursor to the quit button and select it. The Vegas Gambler main 
menu will appear. 



13 



BLACKJACK 



The game of blackjack (often called 21) is 
based upon the draw of cards from a four deck 
shoe with standard 52 card decks. The 
objective is to get a hand with a higher face 
value on your cards than that of the dealer 
without going over 21. 




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The Cards 



Vegas Gambler's version of blackjack is played using four decks of cards (208 
cards) as done in many famous Las Vegas casinos. These four decks are known as 
"The Shoe". The cards are randomly drawn, and the shoe is reshuffled when there are 
fifty or less cards remaining in the shoe. 

Each card in the game of blackjack has a numerical value. Cards with the numbers 
2 through 10 have a value equaJ to the number on their face. Kings, queens and jacks 
(face cards) have a value of ten. The ace is a special card which has either the value 
of 1 1 or the value of 1 depending on the player's decision. This option is discussed 
more completely under the blackjack strategy section of the manual. The suits (heart, 
diamond, club and spade) have no special meaning in the game of blackjack. 

The value of your hand (the cards which are dealt to you) is determined by the sum 
of the cards in your hand. For example, a hand consisting of the cards 2 and 7 has the 
value of nine; a 6 and a king have the value of 16; a 3 and an ace have a value of 
either four or 1 4, etc. Each additional card that is dealt to you is added to the previous 
sum. Therefore, the values of all the cards in your hand are added together to give you 
the value of your hand. 

To make the game easier for you, Vegas Gambler blackjack has an added feature 
which will count your hand as well as the dealer's for you. To turn on this feature, move 
the cursor over to the help button in the upper left hand corner of the screen and 
select. You must do this before a hand is dealt. To turn off the help feature of the 
game, move the cursor back to the help button and select again. As soon as the 
hand is dealt, you will notice that the value of both your hand and the dealer's hand will 
be displayed. 



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How to Play 



Placing Your Bet 

To place a bet you must bring the cursor to either the $2 or the $10 side of the 
betting box (see figure 4). Select on the plus sign next to the dollar amount. Every time 
you select, the amount that you are betting will increase incrementally by either $2 or 
$10 depending on which betting box the cursor is in. Your current bet is displayed on 
the screen. 

There is a $200 maximum betting limit for each hand played. The game will not 
allow you to increase your bet when $200 is reached. The minimum bet for this game 
is $2. If you would like to place a $50 bet, move the cursor to the $10 betting button 
Select on the plus five times. You have now placed a $50 bet. 

When you select the deal button to start a hand, your bet will immediately be 
subtracted from your stake. In other words, the dealer is taking away your chips even 
before a decision has been reached. 

Once you have placed a bet, the game will automatically place an identical bet for 
every new hand that is dealt until you change the betting amount. 

If you would like to decrease a bet, move the cursor to either the $2 or $10 betting 
button and select on the minus. (Atari ST users: press the right button to decrease a 
bet.) A second way to change your bet is to select on the clear bet button. The value 
of your bet will return to zero and you can create a new value for your bet. 

You can continue playing blackjack as long as you wish, or until you run out of 
money. There are two ways that you can run out of money. The first and most 
common, is that you will be left with dollars. The second way is if you have only $1 
left. Since there is a $2, betting minimum on the game, if you are left with $1 vou 
cannot play blackjack. ' 



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j DEALER I 



| QUIT | 



Dealer must stand on 17 and draw up to 16 

$2 BETTING BUTTON $10 BETTING BUTTON 

BET DISPLAY BOX 



TOTAL: 



+2$ 



CLEAR 
BET 



YOUf BET y\ ▼ 
< ±10$ 



SPLIT 



DOUBLE 



INSURE 



STAND 



HIT 



DEAL 



^ r 



CARDS WILL BE DEALT TO EITHER BOX. 
ALTERNATING FOR EVERY GAME 



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FIGURE 4 



Dealing The Cards 



Once you have placed your bet, bring the cursor to the deal button on the screen. 
The deal button will be highlighted. Select the button. Four cards will be dealt. Two 
cards will be dealt to you. These cards will appear face up on one side of the screen. 
Add the values of the cards together to determine the value of your hand. For example, 
if you have a king and a 7 you have a hand of 17. Note that the cards that are dealt to 
you will be dealt to alternate sides of the screen every game. 

The other two cards that are dealt are the dealer's. They are located at the top of 
the screen next to the arrow marked "dealer" . One card will be dealt face up and the 
other face down. The down card will remain that way until after your hand has been 
determined. The value of the up card will help to determine your playing decisions. 

If you are dealt a Blackjack, you win. A Blackjack is a combination the first two 
cards being dealt being an ace and a 10 or any face card. If you are dealt an ace and 
a card valued at 10, it is a perfect hand {often called "a natural"). A Blackjack is a 
winning hand (unless the dealer ties with another Blackjack) and pays off 3 to 2. If the 
dealer ties your Blackjack (a tie is called "a push"), you don't win, but your original bet 
is returned to you. Whenever you do tie the dealer, a "push" message will appear on 
the screen. On a push, no money is won or lost. 

If you are dealt any hand other than a Blackjack, you must make a decision. By 
looking at the value of your hand and at the value of the dealer's up card you must 
decide between several options. The two most common options are to hit or to stand. 

If you hit, you are asking the dealer to give you another card. This 
means you think the extra card will give you a higher hand without 
bringing you over 21. 

If you choose to hit, you are faced with two possibilities. The card that 
is dealt to you will increase the value of your hand either to a value less 
than or equal to 21 , or to a value over 21 (you bust). You may continue to 
hit as long as you haven't ousted. 

To hit, simply move the cursor to the hit button which is highlighted on 
your screen and select. You will be dealt another card. 

If you stand, this means that you are satisfied with your hand and you 
don't want the dealer to deal you more cards. When you choose to stand 
it usually means that either you feel another card would bring you over 
21 or that the hand you have will ceat the dealer's. 



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To stand, bring the cursor to the stand button which is highlighted 
directly above the hit button on your screen and select. 

If you bust, the dealer automatically wins. This is because the dealer 
takes your money before the game is actually played. Therefore, if you 
bust, and he busts, the dealer still keeps your money and you lose the 
hand 

After you have chosen to stand, the dealer must play out his hand. The down card 
is revealed and the value of the dealer's hand is determined. The rules of blackjack 
require that the dealer must keep hitting until he reaches a hand of at least 17 
regardless of your hand. Once the dealer reaches at least 1 7, he must stand. The 
dealer must also count an ace as an 1 1 if the ace and the other card(s) in his hand 
equal a 17 or better. However, if an 11 would cause the dealer to bust, then an ace is 
counted as a one. If you have a higher hand when he reaches 17 or better, you win. 
Otherwise, you lose. 

Winning the hand in blackjack pays off even money (1 to 1 ). The only exception 
to this is a blackjack which pays off 3 to 2. 

When you do win a hand, you will get a message that you have won a certain 
amount. That amount will include your original bet. Therefore, if you place a bet that 
returns even money, the amount that the game tells you that you've won will be twice 
the actual amount that you are winning as a payoff. If you push (tie the dealer on a 
hand), the amount you bet will be returned to you and added to your stake. 

When a winning hand has been decided on, and any payoffs have been made, that 
hand is over. Press the joystick button (C64 users) or select the continue button on 
screen. 




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Game Options 



You will notice on the screen near the stand, hit, and deal buttons that there are 
three other buttons that will be highlighted at certain times during the game. These 
buttons, marked insure, split, and double, are other betting options which are aimed 
at increasing your chances of winning. 



Doubling Down 



Doubling down is a betting option which allows you to double your bet after seeing 
your initial cards. After the first two cards have been dealt, you may feel that you can 
beat the dealer with the next card. When the double button is highlighted you have 
the option of doubling your bet. You will then be dealt one - and only one - more card. 
To win, you must beat the dealer with this hand of three cards. 

To double down, put the cursor in the highlighted double button and select. The 
amount of your bet will again be subtracted from your stake {doubfinq your bet) and 
you will be dealt one card. Remember, you can only double down after the first deal of 
two cards. You can not double down on a Blackjack. 




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Splitting Pairs 



If you are dealt a hand with two cards of equal value, you may split them and play 
them as two separate hands. You are therefore, placing two separate bets of equal 
amounts on the same card. 

To split a hand, move the cursor to the highlighted split button on your screen and 
select. One of your cards will disappear and another will appear in its place. You 
continue to play this hand as you normally would. After you have stood or busted, the 
identical valued card you originally were dealt will appear in the box on the opposite 
side of the screen. You may now play this hand as you normally would. 

If you are dealt a hand of two aces and decide to split, you will only be dealt one 
more card for each ace. Also, if one of the cards you are dealt on a split of aces is a 
ten value, it is considered a 21 and not a blackjack. The payoff will be even money as 
in a 21 and not 3 to 2 odds as in the case of a blackjack. 

The amount you win will be a combined total of both your split hands. The 
additional bet will be subtracted from your stake as soon as you select. When 
playing blackjack you may split pairs for as many cards of the same value that are 
dealt. In other words, if you split on two 10s and are then dealt a third 10, you may 
split again. You may continue to split pairs as many times as you would like. 



Insurance 

If the dealer's up card is an ace, the insure button will be highlighted. If you 
believe that the dealer's down card is a value of 10, you can place an insurance bet. 
An insurance bet is half of your original bet that a face card or ten will appear. If the 
dealer has a Blackjack, you are paid 2 to 1 on the insurance bet. You still lose the 
original bet (unless you too get a Blackjack), but you are paid off an equal amount for 
winning the insurance bet. If the dealer does not have a Blackjack, you lose the 
insurance bet. 

To place an insurance bet, move the cursor to the highlighted insure button and 
select. One half of your original bet will be taken from your stake. 



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Continuing/Quitting 



To continue playing blackjack, press the joystick button (for C64 users) or select the 
continue button on the screen. The playing table wil! be reset to allow you to play 
again or to quit. 

1u plciy afioiltef band yuu Can either begin by changing the bei (see section of 
manual on placing your bet) or simply select the deal button. If you would like to quit, 
move the cursor to the quit button on the screen and select it. The Vegas Gambler 
main menu will appear. 




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Strategy 



When people think of the game of blackjack, they often think that to win is to get a 
hand as close to 21 as possible. This is not always true. The object of blackjack is to 
beat the dealer. 

There are two ways that you can win at blackjack. One way is to have a higher 
hand than the dealer. The other way you win is if the dealer busts by going over 21 . 
Because of this, it is not always best to hit on a low hand. Keep in mind that the dealer 
draws last. If you bust, your bet has already been collected. If the dealer busts and 
you haven't, you win your bet. For example, if you have a 15 and the dealer's up card 
is a 5 you might want to stand. If the dealer's down card is a 9 and the next card that is 
dealt to the dealer is an 8. the dealer will bust and you win. Remember that this 
strategy is always a risk. If you stand with a low hand and the dealer doesn't bust, you 
lose. 

Winning at blackjack is partly a matter of determining what is the best way of playing 
a hand. Many people hit too often, and sometimes, people stand with too low of a 
hand having unrealistic hopes of the dealer ousting. 

When discussing the strategy involved in playing blackjack, you must always 
remember that the game is based on the cards held by you and the dealer. You must 
make your playing decisions based on the cards you see on the table. Using 
probability, and a little common sense, you must decide if you have a better chance of 
getting a higher value or the dealer busting. 

One part of strategy involves the value you give to an ace. You must decide if you 
feel that you can reach a larger value by counting an ace as a one or an eleven. If, for 
example, you have an ace and a 9 in your hand, and the dealer is holding a 4, you 
might choose to stand with a 20 because the probability is better that you will be 
holding the higher hand. 

There are many books written on the subject of blackjack. They cover the 
mathematical calculations of probability, card counting systems to help keep track of 
the cards that have already been played, and the strategies people have developed. 

However you choose to p!ay Vegas Gambler's blackjack game, we know that you're 
going to enjoy it. 



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POKER 



Vegas Gambler's version of the game of poker 
is a simulation of one of the popular video 
poker games available in many Las Vegas 
casinos today. It is based on the outcome of 
two deals of the cards. Vegas Gambler s 
video poker game combines the excitement 
of poker with the speed of a video game to 
give you a fascinating new twist to one of your 
favorite gambling games. 




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How To Play 



Placing Your Bet 



In order to try your luck at Vegas Gambler's Poker game, you must first place a bet 
out of your gambling stake. As is the case in all slot machines, you place your bet by 
putting coins in the coin slot on the poker machine. Each coin has a value of $1 . 

To put a coin in the machine: 

1 . Move the cursor to the coins located to the right of the poker machine. 

2. Select a coin. It will come off of the stack of coins and attach itself to 
the cursor. 

3. Move the coin to the coin slot on the machine. Make sure to get the 
coin on the slot. 

4. To drop the coin, select it again. You are now ready to deal the cards. 

If you drop the coin and the coin is not on the coin slot, it will fall down. 
You wont lose anything from your stake if this happens, but no bet will be 
placed. 

Your Vegas Gambler poker game allows you to bet up to five coins per game. For 
each coin you would like to bet, repeat the steps for placing a coin in the machine. For 
example, if you would like to bet three coins, put three coins in the machine. If you 
place the maximum bet of five coins, the cards will automatically be dealt as soon as 
the fifth coin is placed. 



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Once an initial bet has been placed, the game will automatically default to the 
previous bet every time you deal the cards. If you would like to change the amount vou 
are betting, you must change the bet. In order to change a bet. you must go back to 
the .coins and place a different bet. Put as many coins in the poker machine ^ you 
would fake o bet. For example, if you wish to change your bet from five coins to four 
corns, put four coins in the poker machine. Your bet will now continue at four coins 
until you change your bet again. s 



Your total is displayed in the upper left hand corner of the poker machine Directly 
below that, the amount you are betting is displayed for your convenience. * 



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Dealing the Cards 



Once you have put coins into the machine, you are ready to deal the cards. Move 
the cursor to the deal button located in the lower right hand corner of the poker 
machine and select it. The five cards displayed on your screen will be revealed to 
show you your initial hand. 

After your initial hand is revealed, a message will appear at the top of the machine: 
"Hold cards to keep and deal". You must now decide which cards you would like to 
keep and which cards you would like to discard. You will be dealt a new card for 
every card you discard. 

To hold cards: 

1. Move the cursor to the hold button directly below the card(s) you 
would like to keep. 

2. Select the hold button. 

3. The hold button will be highlighted to indicate that the card will not 
be discarded. 

Note that if you change your mind about holding a card (before you deal 
again), just select it a second time. The button will return to its original 
color to indicate that the card will be discarded. 



After you have held all the cards in your hand that you would like to keep, you must 
deal the cards again. Move the cursor to the deal button and select it. The cards that 
you did not hold will be replaced one by one, and you will have a new hand. This will 
be your final and deciding hand. 

Vegas Gambler's poker game is based on the random draw of a 52 card deck. After 
each game, the cards are "re-shuffled" and once again the deal is based on 52 cards. 
In other words, every game is played with a complete deck of cards. 



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Winning Hands 



Whether you win in poker is determined by the cards you hold in your hand. The 
different winning combinations are listed below: 

One Pair - A pair is any hand in which you have two cards that are identical 
except for the suit. A pair is two kings, two 3s, two 9s, etc. A pair in poker 
doesn't win, but will return your bet if you have a pair of jacks or better in your 
hand. A pair of tens or less loses. 

Two Pairs - A hand with two different pairs. An example of two pairs is two 
aces and two threes. 

Three of a Kind - A hand which has three cards that are identical except for 
the suit. Three jacks is an example of three of a kind. 

Straight - A straight is a hand in which all five cards are in sequence. An 
example of a straight would be a hand consisting of the cards 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. 
On a regular straight the suit of the cards is not important. Note that the ace is a 
high card and a combination of an ace, two, three, four and five is not a straight. 

Flush - A flush is a hand in which all the cards are of the same suit. 

Full House - A full house is a hand with a pair and a separate three of a kind. 
A hand of three 9s and two kings is a full house. 

Four of a Kind - Any hand with four identical cards, one from every suit, is a 
four of a kind. 

Straight Fiush. A straight flush is a hand in which all of the cards are in 
sequence and are of the same suit. A hand with the two of hearts, three of 
hearts, four of hearts, five of hearts, and six of hearts is an example of a straight 
flush. 

Royal Flush - A royal flush is a flush that consists of the 10, jack, queen, king 
and ace. 



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Payoffs 



Now that you know which hands will win, it is important to know how much they pay 
off. There are different payoffs for different hands. These payoffs are listed below. 

HAND PAYOFF PER DOLLAR 



1 pair (jacks or better) 


$ 1 


2 pair 


$ 2 


3 of a kind 


$ 3 


Straight 


$ 5 


Flush 


$ 7 


Full House 


$10 


Four of a Kind 


$40 


Straight Rush 


$100 


Royal Flush 


$500 



When you have a winning hand, the machine will give you a message telling you 
how much you have won. The coins you have won will fall out of the poker machine. If 
you would like to know how much money you can win with a hand, multiply the 
number of coins (dollars) you put in the slot machine by the payoff per dollar for that 
hand. 



Remember that the coins are deducted from your stake as soon as you deal the 
cards. Your winnings for the game are not added to your stake until you continue. 




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The poker machine will wait, after each hand is played out, until you press the 
joystick button (C64) or select the continue button. The winnings, if any, from the 
hand will then be added to your stake and you may proceed with the game. 



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Continuing/Quitting 



After each game press the joystick button (C64) or select the continue button. You 
have the choice of continuing to play poker or exiting to play one of the other exciting 
games on your Vegas Gambler disk. To play another hand of poker, you can either 
change your bet or simply select the deal button to play another hand. If you would 
like to exit the game, move the cursor to the quit button on the screen and select it. 
The Vegas Gambler main menu will appear. 



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ROULETTE 



Vegas Gambler's roulette game was created 
to give you the feeling of playing roulette at a 
famous Las Vegas casinos. The wheel and the 
table are identical to the popular casino 
models. The betting options and the payoffs 
are also the same. We know you'll enjoy it. 



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Equipment 



The roulette wheel on your Vegas Gambler game (which appears on your screen 
when you spin the ball) is designed with the same numbers and colors as a Las Vegas 
wheel. These numbers include the double zero, the zero and the numbers one 
through 36. The colors are green for the zero and double zero, and red or black for the 
remaining 36 numbers. The wheel is spun at the beginning of each game and the ball 
will randomly stop in one of the pockets to determine the outcome of the game. When 
the wheel stops spinning, the pocket which the ball has dropped into will be pictured 
in the upper right hand corner of your screen. 

The layout of the roulette table is also similar to those of Las Vegas casinos. The 
bets which will be explained later are placed in the same fashion as in a casino, 
directly on the table. 

The center of the Vegas Gambler roulette table is composed of black and red 
numbered squares arranged in numerical order. There are three columns of 12 
squares. (Note: On the roulette table, columns are horizontal.) Many of the possible 
bets you can place are in this section of the table. 

Directly above the center numbers you will find three boxes labeled 1st 12, 2nd 12, 
and 3rd 12. Directly below the numbers and to the left is a box labeled 1 to 18. and to 
the right is a box labeled 19 to 36. The center boxes are the red. black, even and odd 
boxes. 

The left portion of the table has the zero and double zero boxes. Finally, the right 
side of the table has boxes labeled 1st (for the first column), 2nd (for the second 
column), and 3rd (for the third column). 



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How To Play 



Placing Your Bet 



The first thing you must do when playing roulette is set up the value of the current 
chip. Vegas Gambler's roulette game allows you to give a value to each chip you are 
going to bet with. 

Located in the upper left hand corner of the screen is the betting box. You can give 
your chips values in increments of $1 and $5. The maximum bet is $200. You can 
place a number of bets (chips) which add up to $200 or you can have one chip that is 
valued at $200 and place it all on one bet. The minimum bet in roulette rs $1. 

To place a bet: 

1 . Move the cursor to either the $1 or $5 side of the bet display box. 
Move the cursor to the plus button in the box and select. Each time you 
select the button, the amount of your chip will increase by the amount 
displayed. The dollar value of your chip will be displayed by the chip in 
the center of the bet display box. 

2. When you are satisfied with the value, move the cursor to the chip in 
the center of the betting box and select it. A chip will attach itself to the 
cursor. 

3. Move the chip to the area of the roulette table where you would like to 
place your bet. When you have the chip directly on that area, (i.e. an 
intersecting line, a single number, etc.), select it. 

4. Once the chip is on the table, your first bet is placed. 

The roulette game automatically deducts the amount of the chip from your stake 
when the chip is placed on the table. Once you have given a dollar value to the chip, 
that will be the default value of all chips until you change it. To change the value of a 
chip you may either increase the value, or decrease it. 

To increase the value of a chip, continue to select on the plus button in either the 
$1 or $5 side of the betting box. 



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To decrease the value of a chip, move the cursor to the minus button in either the 
$1 or $5 side of the betting box and select. (Atari ST users: to decrease the value of a 
chip select with the right button.) 

A second way to change the value of a chip is to select the clear chip button on 
your screen. The chip value will return to zero and you may increase the chip amount 
by whatever amount you wish. If you put your chip at any spot on the table where there 
are no legal bets available, the chip will disappear and your total stake wilt remain 
unchanged. 

You may put as many as 50 chips on the table or until you have bet a total of $200 
or have no more money to bet. Notice that the total of your stake is displayed in the 
upper left hand corner of your screen. Every time you put a chip on the table, the 
amount that you bet is deducted from your stake and added to the total amount bet. 
The total amount you are betting is displayed in the upper right hand comer of the 
screen (all the chips you have placed on the table). You may place more than one 
chip on any given bet simply by placing a new chip over the existing chip on that bet. 

You may remove chips from the table before the wheel is spun. To remove a chip, 
move the cursor to the chip you would like to remove and select it. The value of that 
chip will be added back to your stake. Change the value of the current chip, and 
replace it on the table. 




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Spinning The Wheel 



When you have placed all of your bets, you are ready to spin the wheel. Move the 
cursor to the Spin the^Ball button on your screen and select it. The roulette wheel 
will appear in the upper portion of the screen. It will start spinning, then slow down and 
stop with the ball landing in a random pocket to determine the outcome of the game. 

Once the wheel stops spinning and the ball comes to a stop, two pictures will 
appear on the screen. In the right hand corner of your screen will be a picture of the 
pocket in which the ball landed (see figure 5). The box on the left hand side of the 
screen will display a message informing you whether you have won or tost. If you win, 
you will get a message saying "you have won" and the amount. If the ball doesn't land 
in the pocket of a number or color you have placed a bet on, you will get a message 
saying "you have lost". For more information on winning and losing see betting section 
of the manual. 

After the wheel has stopped spinning and you are ready to continue, press the 
Joystick button (C64) or select the continue button below the wheel. Any money that 
you have won will be added to your stake. 

One thing to remember about the Vegas Gambler roulette game is that after every 
game the chips are cleared off of the table. Therefore, after every game you must 
place new bets. Make sure to check the chip value when you are placing your new 
bets so that you are sure of how much you are betting. 




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FIGURE 5 



The Bets 



There are many betting options that are available in the game of roulette (see figure 
6). Perhaps this is one of the reasons that the game of roulette is such a popular game. 
Betting on a single number is probably the most obvious bet there is, so let's start there. 



STRAIGHT BET - The straight bet or single number bet is placed by putting your 
chip in the center of any of the 38 number boxes on the table (this includes and 00). 
The payoff, if the bail lands in the pocket of the same number on the wheel, is 35 to 1. 

SPLIT BET - A split bet is a bet on any two numbers that are next to each other on 
the table. To place a split bet put your chip on the line that separates the two numbers. 
The payoff for winning a split bet is 17 to 1 . 

STREET BET - A street bet is a bet on three numbers. There are 12 possible three 
number bets available in roulette. To place a three number bet place your chip on the 
end of any of the 12 rows of three numbers. The payoff on a three number bet is 1 1 to 
1. 

CORNER BET - A corner bet is a bet on four adjacent numbers. Put your chip at 
the intersection of any four numbers if you want to place this type of bet. The payoff for 
winning a corner bet is 8 to 1 . 

LINE BET - A line bet is most often a six number bet. To place a line bet put your 
chip at the intersection of any two rows of three numbers. A six number line bet pays 
off 5 to 1 if the ball lands in the pocket of any of the six numbers that touch the line you 
bet on. 

LINE BET (5) - There is only one five number line bet in roulette. This bet 
consists of the zero, double zero, one, two and three boxes. The chip is placed at the 
top or bottom of the line between zero, double zero and the first row. A five number bet 
pays off 6 to 1 . 

COLUMN BET - A column bet or a 12 number bet is a bet on any of the three 
columns running the length of the roulette table. To place a column bet put your chip in 
one of the boxes at the bottom of the column labeled 1st, 2nd, or 3rd (see diagram). 
You are betting on all the numbers that are in that column (excluding the zeros). A 
column bet pays off 2 to 1 if the ball lands on any of the numbers in that column. 



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DOZEN BET - A dozen bet is another 12 number bet. When you are placing a 
dozen bet you are betting on either the first 12 numbers (1 to 12), the second 12 
numbers (13 to 24), or the last 12 numbers (25 to 36). A dozen bet is placed in the 
boxes at the top of the roulette table layout marked 1st 12, 2nd 12, and 3rd 12 (see 
diagram). A dozen bet pays off 2 to 1 . 

LOW-NUMBER BET - A low number bet is a bet on the numbers one to eighteen. 
A low-number bet is placed in the box at the bottom of the roulette table layout marked 
1 to 18. A low-number bet pays even money (1 to 1 ). 

HIGH-NUMBER BET - A high number bet is a bet on the numbers 19 to 36. A 
high-number bet is placed in the box at the bottom of the roulette table marked 19 to 36. 
A high-number bet pays even money (1 to 1). 

EVEN NUMBER BET - An even number bet is a bet that the ball will land on an 
even number (number divisible by two, excluding zeros). An even number bet is 
placed by putting your chip in the box at the bottom of your roulette table marked even. 
An even number bet pays off even money rf the ball lands in a pocket represented by 
an even number. 

ODD NUMBER BET - Odd numbers bets are wagers that the ball will land in a 
pocket of an odd number. Odd number bets are placed by putting your chip in the box 
marked odd. These bets also pay off even money (1 to 1 ). 

RED COLOR BET - A red color bet is a bet on all the numbers in red numbers on 
the roulette wheel. You can place a red color bet by putting your chip in the red box at 
the bottom of the roulette table. A red color bet pays off even money. 

BLACK COLOR BET - A black color bet is a bet on all the black numbers on the 
roulette wheel. You can place a black color bet by placing you chip in the black box at 
the bottom of the roulette table. A black color bet pays off even money. 



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FIGURE 6 



Winning 



Winning in roulette is based on placing a bet on a number or color which the ball will 
land on when the roulette wheel stops spinning. One thing to keep in mind when 
playing roulette is that the total of your bets shouldnl be so great that even if you do hit 
a winning number with one of your bets, you lose because you have placed so many 
bets. 



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Continuing/Quitting 



After each spin of the wheel you have the choice of continuing to play or quitting. 
The first thing you must do is press the joystick button (C64) or select the continue 
button. If you would like to continue playing roulette, place your bets. When you 
would like to exit roulette to try your luck at another one of Vegas Gambler's games 
move the cursor to the quit button and select it. The main menu screen will appear. 



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QUITTING VEGAS GAMBLER 



When you are ready to exit the Vegas Gambler program you must first call up the 
Vegas Gambler Main Menu. Move the cursor to the quit button on your screen and 
select it. 



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APPENDIX A 

IBM PC VERSION 



You must use the keyboard to play Vegas Gambler. 
Use the following keystrokes when playing the game: 
CTRL - Toggles the sound effects on and off 



Main Menu 

S - load SLOTS 
B - load BLACKJACK 
P - load POKER 
R - load ROULETTE 



Q - quit to the system 

F9 - load previously saved stake 

F10 - save the current stake 



Slot Machine 

B/lnsert - place coin in the slot machine 

P/Enter - pull handle or repeat the previous bet 

Q - quit to the main menu 



Blackjack 

F1/F3 - increase/decrease the current bet by $2 
F2/F4 - increase/decrease the current bet by $10 



F5 - spirt F6 - stand 

F7 - double F8 - hit 

F9 - insure F10 - deal 

H - turn the HELP option on and off 

C - clear the bet value to 

Q - quit to the main menu 

? or / - display the number of cards that have been dealt 



Poker 

B/lnsert - place coin in poker machine 

Enter - deal cards or repeat previous bet 

1 ,2,3,4,5 - control the hold buttons 

Q - quit to the main menu 



Roulette 

F1/F3 

F2/F4 

C 

S 

Q 

Enter/Insert 
Delete 

Cursor keys, Home, 
PgUp, End, PgDn 
Shift + cursor keys 



increase/decrease the current bet by $5 

decrease the current bet by $1 

chip value to 

spin the ball 

quit to the main menu 

place the chip on the table 

remove the chip from the table 

move the cursor around the table 
speed up the cursor 



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APPENDIX B 

APPLE JIGS VERSION 



List Feature 

The Black Jack game offers a List option which will display the cards that have been 
used in play. This option can be useful for would-be card counters who want to keep 
track of the cards still in play. Please note that the numbers that are displayed refer 
to all suits and not just hearts. 

Sound/Music Off Option 

The IIGS version allows you to toggle the music or sound for the game on or off by 
using the apple key simultaneously with the M or S key. To turn the music or sound 
off, press the apple key with the M or S key respectively. To turn either the music or 
sound back on, press the appropriate keys again. To adjust the volume, call up the 
control panel by pressing the option, control, and esc keys simultaneously. 

Apple Copyright Notice 

Apple Computer, Inc. makes no warranties, either express or implied regarding the enclosed computer 
software package, its merchantability or its fitness for any particular purpose. The exclusion of implied 
warranties is not permitted by some states. The above exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty 
provides you wiB specific legal rights. There may be other rights that you may have which vary from state 
to stale. 

APPLE IIGS SYSTEM DISK are copyrighted programs of Apple Computer. Inc. licensed to Logical 
Design Works, Inc. to distribute for use only in combination with Vegas Gambter. Apple Software shall 
not be copied onto another diskette (except for archive purposes) or into memory unless as part of the 
execution of Vegas Gambler. When Vegas Gambler has completed execution, Appte Software shall not 
be used by any other program. 



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